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Refresh, contemplate, ponder and slow down inside MB 89

Written by Sean Henri

Ex-Local artist returns with never ending sound and light installation; Craig Colorusso’s latest piece will make a 4-hour stop in Danbury’s Heirloom Arts.

Craig Colorusso and MB 89

Craig Colorusso and MB 89

On Saturday September 19, 2009, Craig Colorusso presents his latest piece, MB 89, at the Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury, CT. MB 89 is an environment for people to enter into. There are three elements in the environment. Light Sound and sculpture. Unlike a band scenario where people are herded into a space and the band performs before them, MB 89 is a piece that allows people to come into the room and participate what’s happening around them and mingle with the piece.  Two showings, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

There are three 10-foot cylinders of fabric that breathe in the room while blue lights glow and fade to fill the space with light and shadows. Inside one cylinder Colorusso plays Bass Clarinet live. The composition is a drone-based piece that evolves slowly over time engulfing the participant. Subtle changes seem monumental. The whole room, including the participants, becomes the piece.

MB 89 is an attempt for Colorusso to play a continuous piece of music that spans the greater part of his life. Unlike a composition with a discrete beginning and ending that may be played over and over, MB 89 is a composition played once, continuously; spaces between performances are to be treated as musical rests. Instead of many starts and finishes there is constant music. MB 89 is the reference point of Colorusso’s life

“I think it started when I was a kid. I had a mild interest in sports. I was amazed to find out that innings get added to a baseball game when there is a tie. But what was really amazing was that they keep adding them on until there’s a winner. The thought of a game lasting a few days was great. I thought it would be really cool if the game lasted a year. And what if the game lasted several years? I had a vision of all these baseball players running around in weathered uniforms and long white beards. Now that would be something; to continue a game for the rest of your life.”

Colorusso played guitar and sang in local band China Pig. Founder of MUDD Industries, a Record company that presented CDS/LPS/CASSETTES and 7” singles which documented the work of local bands such as Monsterland, G’nu Fuz, HED as well as Colorusso’s own bands China Pig, Static Press 19, Diving Bell and Olive Grain. MUDD Industries also produced music at venues such as WCSU, Tuxedo Junction, The Harambee Youth Center and The Chicken Coop.

Colorusso now lives on the South Shore of Boston with a wife and a cat.

About the author

Sean Henri

Sean is the founder and editor of The Connecticut Weekender, and CEO and Founder of Pepperland Marketing. He's a lifelong CT resident and frequently blogs about the outdoors, beer, food, family life and small business in CT. Follow him on Twitter at @SeanHenri.

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